We strongly recommend slow and patient introductions when bringing your adopted animal to a home with existing pets. Suddenly throwing two animals together who have never met may result in fighting, injury (to the animals and to you!) and irreparable behavioural issues in the future. Let’s face it… when you meet a complete stranger for the first time, you aren’t immediately friendly and welcoming. We can’t expect our animals to be either. No matter how friendly your existing animal and the adopted animal are towards people, they aren’t necessarily going to be as outgoing with other animals. There are exceptions to every rule, but when it comes to the health and happiness of all the pets in your household, better to take the slow and safe route.
Here are some videos and links to articles outlining the best ways to introduce your newly adopted pet to the animals in your home.
Cat and Cat
Jackson Galaxy – Cat to Cat Introductions
Petfinder – Simple Tips for Introducing Two Cats
Cat Behavior Associates – Introducing New Cats
Best Friends Animal Society – Introducing a New Cat
Dog and Cat
Jackson Galaxy – Introducing Dogs and Cats
Best Friends Animal Society – Introducing a Cat and Dog
Dog and Dog
Positively.com – Introducing New dog to Existing Dogs
Tips for introducing a new cat to other cats and dogs
Introducing two Rabbits
Rabbitmatters – Introducing Rabbits
Ontario Rabbits – Bonding rabbits